DIY Recessed Wall Cabinet

DIY Recessed Wall Cabinet

I love recessed cabinets. There is something satisfying about using the space inside a wall for extra storage. In my case, I used an existing cavity formerly occupied by a medicine cabinet in our guest bathroom to make this recessed wall cabinet. But cutting a space into drywall is easy: just cut between two studs. Don’t cut into a stud if it’s a load bearing wall, of course.

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The construction of this cabinet couldn’t be easier. It’s just a basic box I made out of plywood and screwed together.

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I drilled shelf pin holes on the two sides for the adjustable shelves.

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Then screwed on a back using a scrap of cheap, ugly plywood. None of it will show, so its appearance doesn’t matter.

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Yup…can’t get much more basic than that!

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I had a large chunk of broken mirror I saved from when I ripped it off the old bathroom wall. Cutting glass always scares me a little, but it actually worked out fine this time. I justĀ used a glass cutter to score a line and then flexed the mirror on the edge of my workbench until it broke cleanly along the score line.

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This is leftover aluminum from my wall mirror project. First, I cut it into oversized strips.

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IĀ mounted them to boards using contact cement, then cut the frame pieces to their final sizes once the adhesive was dry.

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I screwed the frame together using pocket screws, then sanded the aluminum to remove scratches. Once sanded, I buffed it back up to a satin sheen.

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I held the mirror in place with a dollop of epoxy in each corner.

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And attached the face frame with epoxy.

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I needed to adjust the size of the wall opening, so I added a drywall patch. I’m not very good at drywalling, and my results weren’t perfect, but it’s good enough for me!

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Next, I slid the cabinet into place and secured it with a couple screws.

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I mounted an under-cabinet LED strip light to the top of the cabinet and wired it to the switch by the door.

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And finally dropped in a couple glass shelves I had cut to size at a local glass shop.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. After marking the glass with the cutter, you can use the handle side and tap the under side of the glass before you try to snap it. It was supposed to help in cutting the glass more through the first scribe cut.

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